The Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) archaeological complex is located just south of Agrigento. It includes the remains of seven temples from the ancient Greek (Magna Grecia, i.e. Greater Greece) period, all built in Doric style. The temples are aligned along a ridge overlooking the Mediterranean sea and served as a beacon to homecoming sailors.
They all were built around the 5th century BC, some decades after the founding of Agrigento (in ancient times Akragas) which took place in 580 BC. The best preserved temple of the group is the Concordia temple which is ranked amongst the most notable structures of the ancient Greek civilization existing today due to its excellent preservation status.
The temples are surrounded by plantations of almond trees which blossom in February-March. The Valley of the Temples is a primary tourist magnet and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.
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